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May 6, 2012 10:00am EDT
-- greatly different than the united states. >> i think it made segregation almost look like a civil affairs -- whereas in south africa it was an art, science, and something white students could study at universities. >> before we go to the break, you mentioned nelson mandela. you mentioned that the african national congress. how did you all come together, the two of you? >> i went to high school at the school bus was known much more for its left-leaning and trotsky ideology. so, my conversion to the african national congress came a lot more because i enjoyed the inclusive become of the focus on activism. i enjoyed the way in which it joyfully understood how it could take the struggle against apartheid, that while there was life and death of risks involved, we were still able to celebrate our humanity and not to give it up at all. so, in 1980, my great conversion to what we call congress politics, the politics of the african national congress, happened, but i remain ever thankful for the theoretical rigor i learned from the kind of trotsky movement which i emerged from. >> june 12 as
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May 13, 2012 10:00am EDT
president obama in his speech in prague. the very first summit was held in the united states in 2010. two years later we gathered even more leaders together to focus on the seriousness of the risk of nuclear terrorism, the vulnerability of nuclear material around the world, the international cooperation it will take to secure that material, and prevent it ever coming into the hands of terrorists. >> so it is material as well as existing weaponry? >> and that is right. covers both sets of concerns. >> then you take it one level further. and know-how is involved. >> that is exactly right. >> in the united states, often we are more concerned nowadays -- is the correct phrase a suitcase bomb or something like that? >> improvised nuclear device. >> tell me the phrase again? >> improvised nuclear device. >> what does that mean, in my language? >> it's a pretty crude weapon, but it has probably a lot more material than our own warheads that we have built to go on the front end of missiles and travel reliably 3,000 miles. an improvised nuclear device would be bigger than a suitcase. the smal
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May 20, 2012 9:30am EDT
issue congresswoman norton affected by think sea change of united states becoming majority-minority company. >> we best make haste because the new majority is the least well educated to compete our country in the global economy. >> with low birth rate and 10,000 baby boomers entering medicare every day, this will help fill that fiscal gap that we have of taxpayer government funded programs. >> i'm going to echo what the congresswoman said, education is the most important issue, these communities have higher barriers for both higher education, k-12 education furlong time we've said that is a hispanic issue, black issue, now all of our issue. how we educate those students is how the country will change in the next hundred years. >> i think we have immigrants paying info a system that they're not necessarily eligible for. and in addition we have increasing number of nontraditional families who deserve ownership over their retirement assets. >> entitlement reforms? you're saying that -- >> social security reform. medicare. >> there are people who are paying phone a system that they're n
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May 31, 2012 12:00pm EDT
opposes not only the united states, any kind of control and domination, including the authoritarian leadership? the region and i think's uncertainty now but once the dust settles in the arab world you're going to have a new world. a new world that basically will not accept america's dominance. >> rose: rumsfeld and gerges when we continue. captioning sponsored by rose communications from our studios in new york city, this is charlie rose. >> rose: donald rumsfeld is here he was secretary of defense under president george w. bush from 2000 to 2006. he resigned in the midst ofest schrating public criticism of the iraq war. rumsfeld began his career in the 1960s as a three-term congressman from illinois. he joined president richard nixon's cabinet and served under presidents ford, reagan and bush 43. his memoir "known and unknown" is now out in paper back and it chronicles everything as his time as a middle east envoy to one of the president's closestt% foreign policy advisors. as the u.s. ends tour two wars and faces turmoil in the middle east, i'm pleased to have donald rumsfeld back
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May 3, 2012 6:30pm EDT
nations will join the united states in dallas for talks on a new trade agreement. you know what that means, right, usu.s. negotiators want access o hundreds of consoomplez. darren gersh reports tonight it could be some of the last jobs left here at home making shoes. >> tom, when you buy athletic shoes, you probably don't know it but you're most likely paying somewhere between 5 and $15 in what's called an import tariff. a tax on imported shoes to protecting jobs in the united states. and that tariff has set off a sneaker war. on one side there's new balance, the last company to make athletic shoes in the united states. on the other side you'll find retailers and companies like nike. they design shoes in the united states. but they manufacture them in countries like vietnam. >> we have a 1930's tariff structure in the 21st century, and that is really ham perking our awe -- hampering our ability to grow jobs. >> the obama administration is working on a new trade deal with vietnam and other countries called the transpacific partnership. as the world's fastest growing shoemaker, vietnam
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May 25, 2012 11:00pm EDT
assassinationment now he is in the united states to attend the peabody awards where a documenteer called bhutto is being honored. a visit to new york and his father's visit to chicago for the g8 comes at a difficult time in pakistani u.s. relations there is tension over a 33 year sentence given to a doctor without allegedly helped the cia identify some of bin laden's location. >> the united states does not believe there is any basis for holding dr. afridi. we regret both fact that he was con contribute-- convicted and the severity of his sentence. his help, after all, was instrumental in taking down one of the world's most notorious murderers, that was clearly in pakistan's interests as well as ours and the rest of the world. this action by dr. afridi to help bring about the end of the reign of terror designed and executed by bin laden was not in any way a betrayal of pakistan. and we have made that vi well-known and we will continue to press it with the government of pakistan. >> rose: there are also tensions over the deaths of 24 pakistani soldiers during a nato raid and over access to
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May 19, 2012 6:00pm EDT
somehow the united states government was involved, it was a reprehensible speech in many ways. but, you know, barack obama ordered the killing of osama bin laden. how is this relevant? >> you just used the word earlier, "reprehensible," in reference to running at about jeremiah wright. it is not off-limits. tactically, piteous a mistake. in 2008, obama -- tactically, it is a mistake in 2008, obama had no record or history of achievements, so all you had to go on were associations, which the press ignored and declared off-limits. today, he has a record, but the idea that it is off-limits is sheer hypocrisy on the part of the press. >> call it what you want, charles. the reality is that this was not dropped by the press in 2008. it was a central issue which dominated the campaign for close to a week and it led to president obama, then-candidate obama, giving the most watched the speech of his generation. reverend wright >> this week on "insid -- reverend wright had moments on bill moyers' show and a number of venues, and john mccain, to his credit, said this is not something we will
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May 4, 2012 11:30pm EDT
maybe more so than the great majority. and in relation to the united states government, whether it is the clinton administration or bush administration or obama administration, they're probably better understood stood more like francement they're sometime as lined with the united states, sometimes o posed. postly they are just trying to stay out of the way and do their own thing. >> ann bremmer and steve coll when we continue. funding for charlie rose was provided by the following: . >> rose: additional funding provided by these funders:. >> and by bloomberg:. >> from studios in new york city captioning sponsored by rose communications from our studios in new york city, this is charlie rose. >> rose: ian bremmer is here president of eurasia group, his new book every nation for itself, winners and losers in a g-zero world t paints a picture in a world in which no single power is able to take be the responsibility of global leadership. larry summers says everyone who cares about our collective future will need to carefully consider this book's impressive arguments. i'm pleased to have i
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May 17, 2012 12:00pm EDT
. bush. he also served as an officer in the united states air force. after 26 years at the c.i.a. and national security council, he became president of texas and, a, many university. in 2006, president george w. bush appointed him sex tear of defense succeeding donald rumsfeld. under his watch, gates oversaw iraq's troop surge. president-elect obama asked him to stay in the job. he became the first defense secretary to serve both a republican and democratic president. in the obama administration he played a pivotal role in shaping u.s. policy in afghanistan. he was a key playernhe decision to send additional forces into the country. he was at the center of the debate on the raid to kill osama bin laden last may. gates stepped down as defense secretary in june, 2011. here is what president obama said at gates' farewell ceremony. >> what you see is a man that i've come to know and respect. a humble american patriot. a man of common sense and decency. quite simply one of our nation's finest public servants. >> reporter: i talked with bob gates in williamsburg virginia at the college of w
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May 24, 2012 6:00pm EDT
states to make the decision and the united states hid behind the opposition of russia and china at the united nations security council. now we find ourselves in this desperate moment. i'm very dubious about this whole story about the promise of jihadists. but the responsibility is borne by the democracy. >> you have just returned from turkey and you have been to the refugee camps along the turkish- syrian border. did you find any willing was in turkey from syria's neighbor that they do something about what's happening across the border? >> these refugee camps are the home of the true historian of the rebellion. that is where you get educated about what is happening in these last accrual 15 months. the answer as to whether they are ready to do the right thing by the rebellion, i think there is readiness to take the risk, but everyone is waiting for barack obama and everyone is waiting for the united states. they will not do anything without american support. the libyans report -- the libyans support this rebellion. the saudis are willing to do the proper thing. it all requires american
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May 7, 2012 6:30pm EDT
point. >> not much reaction here in the united states. european leaders talked up the need for more economic growth today. darren gersh reports the likely forecast is more uncertainty. >> for only the second time in 50 years a socialist has been elected president of france. francoise hollande's victory this weekend is a clear rejection of the measures put in place to jolt the euro. >> this is an a cute phase of the silver and debt crisis. >> two main parties that had managed the party through the debt crisis emerged from parliamentary elections with less than a third of the combined vote. that could leave greece in limbo unable to form a new government. >> greece and france have rejected what is going on and how the incumbent leaders have dealt with the debt crisis. >> this is a potent gentially disrupt full mix for markets. >> jittery and uncertainty higher than ever. >> this is following an ominous pattern. those looking to clean up problems could lead to years and decades of growth. there is a fear there will be a spill over to the united states. >> the u.s. has a fiscal problem.
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May 7, 2012 5:00pm EDT
between the united states and mexico. a vast swath of terrain, a long and tortured history and an endless stream of humanity both separate and join our two countries. it's as complex a coupling as you will find anywhere. on the gulf of mexico, the border runs along the rio grande river to intersect with the continental divide where it turns toward tijuana and san diego on the pacific ocean. 1,969 miles snaking through desert and desolation. dividing towns and cities. marked now by stretches of steel and concrete fence, infrared cameras and sensors, natural guardsmen and border patrol agents. nearly 100 million people cross this border every year one way or another. one day in may, 11 years ago, 26 mexican men set out across the murderous stretch of desert known as the devil's highway. heading for arizona. and hopefully for work. 12 of them made it. 14 were scorched alive by the torrid sun. their story became a stunning work by the author luis alberto arraya. no one writes more tragically about the border culture than the son of a mexican father and anglo mother. born in tijuana and raised
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May 23, 2012 12:00pm EDT
here, united states secretary of the navy, he has had a long and varied career as a politician, diplomat and businessman, he served as governor of mississippi from 1988 to 1992, he was also former ambassador to saudi arabia and ceo of a manufacturing company. he played the pivotal role in u.s. defense policy in the obama shifts its focus to the asia pacific region i am pleased to have him here on this program for the first time, welcome. >> thank you, charlie, i am glad to be here. >> rose: we now know that this president has announced clearly the kind of shift to asia. how does that affect the navy and its role and its significance? >> well, this new defense strategy which the president announced in january, and which he was in intimately involved in crafting, and had a all of the joint chiefs, all the service secretary, secretary of defense very involved in this, it is mainly a maritime strategy and focuses on the western pacific and focuses on the arabian gulf region, both of which are maritime, entities, and it places, i think, additional responsibility on the navy and the
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May 4, 2012 7:00pm EDT
. >> woodruff: after a promising start at the beginning of the year, job growth in the united states slowed again last month. the labor department revised upward the number of jobs created in previous months, but reported only 115,000 new jobs came on-stream in april. new jobs were added last month, but fewer than expected. and the unemployment rate dipped to a three-year low of 8.1%, but mainly because frustrated job- hunters stopped looking. speaking at a virginia high school today, president obama focused on some positive signs. >> after the worst economic crisis since the great depression, our businesses have now created more than 4.2 million new jobs over the last 26 months. >> woodruff: but the president did acknowledge that challenges remain. >> there's still a lot of folks out of work, which means that we've got to do more. >> woodruff: minutes after the april jobs numbers were made public this morning, the presumptive republican presidential nominee, mitt romney, appeared on fox news and criticized the president, calling the numbers very disappointing. >> we should be seeing number
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May 11, 2012 8:00pm EDT
republican senator falls. >> serving the people of indiana in the united states senate has been the greatest honor of my public life. gwen: is the tea party back? and the mysterious double agent who foiled al qaeda. what did we learn? >> i can tell you that we should never, ever let our guard down. gwen: covering the week, john dickerson of "slate" magazine and cbs news. major garrett of "national journal." susan davis of "usa today." and pierre thomas of abc news. >> award-winning reporting and analysis, covering history as it happens, live from our nation's capital, this is "washington week with gwen ifill." produced in association with "national journal." corporate funding for "washington week" is provided by -- >> we know why we're here. >> to chart a greener path in the air and in our factories. >> to find cleaner, more efficient ways to power flight. >> and harness o technology for new energy solutions. >> around the globe, the people of boeing are working together to build a better tomorrow. >> that's why we're here. >> align -- a line is a power this will thing. it connects
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May 6, 2012 9:30am EDT
going down to 5,000 nuns in the united states as opposed to 57,000? >> the big picture view. because not only do we have the vatican and i want to be very clear that it's all male hierarchy of the roman catholic charge is out of step with the values of the catholic people. i want to part of family with a lot of nuns in the background, as well as priests. also have vatican going after the survivors' network of those by priests frying to bury them in mountains of requests for all volunteer organization. you have the vatican trying to get involved directly in private health insurance decisions here in this country. i think what we're seeing consistent pattern with all male hierarchy all by itself not including women in the decision making at all. losing touch completely with women leadership. really objecting to the idea that the nuns who are wonderful catholics and wonderful leaders in this country in helping the poor. but they have right to have their own opinions and -- >> you can probably get public opinion behind the nuns 'a hmong the catholics in this country. it's already doing t
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May 4, 2012 12:30am EDT
something that certain mainly conservative groups in the united states would like to do. they miss the the old days when men were men and women or nothing. the problem with freedom is that you just can't go back. once people see what it means to be free, you can't go back. they will keep nattering on about this or that and maybe they will make another stab at defunding the fabulous planned parenthood or something of a sort. to my mind, it is not going to work. tavis: how do you see these issues playing out on the campaign trail? you know you are at about liberal and if governor romney is the presumptive nominee, how will these issues play out? how does this play out on the campaign trail? >> i think it was one of his chief advisers that said that after the primary season is over, he is going to shake the etch a sketch and start the clock running again. and if i had to guess what the new at to sketch a picture is going to be like, it is going to be considerably less to the right. it he has backed himself into a couple of corners that i don't think will serve him in the general elect
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May 9, 2012 6:30pm EDT
united states, or the emerging geographies-- places like india and brazil, which account for most of the growth of facebook-- but we will have those regulations and those regulations on how facebook seeks to monetize its users. >> reporter: with all the scrutiny, it's no wonder facebook has become an early- adopter of washington lobbying. the company has brought together a team of political and policy insiders with lots of friends across party lines. >> they understand that it's very important for them to have a means to get their message out to major policy makers, because if policy makers don't understand the business, the risk of bad regulation increases dramatically. >> reporter: in a rapidly changing industry, regulation may not be the main risk facing potential facebook investors, but it can't be ignored. darren gersh, "nightly business report," washington. >> tom: for generations about half of american teenagers were either working or looking for work. that has been falling in the past decade fast. today only a third of 16 to 19-year-olds consider themselves part of the americ
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May 24, 2012 11:30pm EDT
have 16 companies, most of them in the united states, most of our sales are here. but we have global footprint in some of our businesses operating 150 different countries. those businesses i think are representative of most sectors of the economy. we don't participate in real estate or energy, so take that out. but a wid wide range of food see distribution, car rentals, a variety of different businesses and we have seen a recovery of modest proportion, i care deeply about the policies that will be passed, will be championed by the president and hopefully passed by congress. and i hope they are going to take on a more constructive tone towards business and be a pro growth set of policies. i recognize it is complicated, i recognize it is partisanship and recognize people got elected but i am concerned that in the noise, in the tornado of politics and unfortunately it has become a tornado, we are going to lose what is most essential to this country, which is the ability for individuals to band together, free association, free enter price, create businesses and create jobs. >> rose: from
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May 25, 2012 7:00pm EDT
: >> growing up in arctic norway, everybody took fish oil to stay healthy. when i moved to the united states almost 30 years ago, i could not find an omega-3 fish oil that worked for me. i became inspired to bring a new definition of fish oil quality to the world. today, nordic naturals is working to fulfill our mission of bringing omega-3s to everyo, because we believeer omega-3s are essential to life. >> at&t >> the william and flora hewlett foundation, working to solve social and environmental problems at home and around the world. >> and with the ongoing support of these institutions and foundations. and... >> this program was made possible by the corporation for public broadcasting. and by contributions to your pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. >> woodruff: memorial day beckoned today, and highways began to fill for the heavily traveled holiday. in much of the country, the weekend trips promised to be just a little bit cheaper this year. across the country, americans filled up and hit the road, taking advantage of a timely drop in gas prices. >> we're going to savannah beach. >> we
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May 9, 2012 12:00pm EDT
united states senator. >> i like the way this clock is ticking. >> charlie: i'm just sitting there saying, oh, my god. how great it is to be bill bradley. you know? so congratulations for being bill bradley. >> my goodness. that's the nicest anything has said to me today. >> charlie: you get it all the time, don't you? >> no. >> charlie: if you walk out on to a basketball court. let's assume it's an empty gym. somebody throws you the ball. you are behind. out of 25, how many would you sink behind the key? >> i'd take five to warm up. then i think might sink out of the remaining 20 maybe eight. >> charlie: eight. and at your best, how many would you sink? >> well, when i was in high school, i would... had a routine where i had hit 25 in a row from five spots. >> charlie: before you would go home. >> if i get to 24 and i miss, i'm back at zero. >> charlie: that's what i mean. >> by the time i got to my last year with the knicks, it was 10 of 13 because the concentration went. >> charlie: really? >> when you concentrate, 25 in a row five spots, you're concentrating. the longer i playe
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May 17, 2012 7:00pm EDT
, white babies account for fewer than half of newborns in the united states. new census data released today showed that on july 1st of last year, just 49.6% of babies one year old or younger were of white european ancestry. 50.4% were minority. latinos are the fastest-growing minority, accounting for 26% of all births. african americans made up 15%, while nearly 5% were asian. the remainder were american indian, mixed race or other groups. the nation as a whole is still 62% white. but minorities make up the majority in four states-- hawaii, california, new mexico and texas, plus the district of columbia. we explore this tipping point and the implications with william frey, senior demographer at the brookings institution and marcelo suarez-orozco, professor of globalization and education at new york university. he's done extensive research on immigrant families and their children. co-thank you both for being with us. professor, beginning with you, what jumps out at you when you see these numbers? what's most notable here? >> well, what's most notable is that our country a country where
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May 1, 2012 7:00pm EDT
concerned about how the united states will remain here. this agreement basically says that we commit ourselves to supporting afghanistan economically. you know, we'll support its development and we will retain a number of troops here in a counterterrorism role in the post-2014 environment. mostly to chase after what's left of al qaeda. but this is a... signifies sort of a long-term commitment of the united states to afghanistan and more broadly to the region. >> ifill: even in the negotiating of this agreement, there have been tensions. of course we have documented all the tensions in the u.s.-afghan relationship, specifically with president karzai. was any of that in evidence today? >> not really. i think president karzai got pretty much what he wanted for his own domestic audience, his contingency. let's not forget that we had these very controversial night raids that they wanted the afghans to take the lead on. we signed a memorandum of understanding with the afghan government on that. there was a detainee issue which was a big sticking point, a memorandum of understanding was sig
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May 30, 2012 6:00pm EDT
my mind that action is necessary now, in the united states needs to be a part of it. charles taylor gets a bit the- year sentence for war crimes described as some of the most heinous in history. in the digital age, bringing back thed ooold-fasholned bookshop. er inlcome to our view mirro around the world. 13 bodies apparently executed were found in the eastern part of syria. the killings were discovered even as the u.n. security council held a meeting on last week's massacre that left more than 100 people dead and sparked wide-right combination of the regime. james robbins starts our coverage. >> no sign of the plea for peace in syria being heated. our creeks of violence in different parts of the country. -- outbreaks of violence in different parts of the country. last friday's massacre took place in houla. >> the syrian government, people are extremely troubled with this heinous and unjustified terrorist killing that took place and houla. today and other massacre was uncovered. -- today another massacre was uncovered. some were shot at close range. the fears that violence could spr
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May 12, 2012 6:00pm EDT
republicans want to see the united states senate taking a more conservative track. >> even high school is not off limits. >> i did some stupid things in high school, and if i hurt anyone, i am sorry and apologize for it. >> lawmakers still at it. voters in europe trigger a political tsunami. >> money flows like water, and if the dam breaks some place, it could flood, even here in america. captioned by the national captioning institute --www.ncicap.org-- >> vice president joe biden has acquired a reputation as a person afflicted with foot-in- mouth disease. on last sunday's "meet the press," he said that gay marriage is fine with him. >> i'm comfortable with the fact that man marrying men, women marrying women, are entitled to the same rights. >> that caused a major flat amid the chattering classes, and by midweek, in an interview with robin roberts, the president suggested joe biden had jumped the gun. >> he got out a little bit over his skis. >> the president says he had already made the decision to come out in favor of gay marriage before the democratic national convention in
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May 29, 2012 10:00pm EDT
the united states. on the edge of jaar, the first glimpse of the flag of al qaeda. >> it's a very sinister thing. it's a black flag inscribed with the words, "no god but one god," and then the seal of the prophet. it has an impact on you. it'sery scary. >> narrator: ghaith's contact was a fighter and political officer who called himself fouad. he was a member of ansar al sharia, the local franchise of al qaeda. ansar al sharia was started last year to provide al qaeda in the arabian peninsula with foot soldiers and a new image. some experts question the exact relationship between the two groups, but ghaith found that they operated as one and the same. how clearly they referred to themselves as al qaeda in the arabian peninsula. and for fouad to talk to us, he would have to have permission from the highest authority. >> narrator: fouad said that us drones and the yemeni air force often attacked. >> (translated): they bomb people's homes to prove to washington they are truly fighting terrorism. but they have failed. >> narrator: he agreed to take ghaith on a tour of jaar. he wanted
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May 8, 2012 6:00pm EDT
the tip of overseas to allow the united states -- the good news is that working with various countries including yemen, the government of like the predecessor is lmuch more forward. it recognizes that al qaeda is a threat to itself. the international cooperation here means that we are getting better at thwarting these plots. but groups are still trying to. >> doesn't underline that what we will have to do is rely on intelligence? >> the information is possible and the conduct of another operation that came across. it is unclear how close to the inner circle -- it is one of the most difficult aspect because a group like al qaeda the fought together in afghanistan, it is tricky. nonetheless, because we have been able to take out so many operatives, they don't have the bench they have had before. they might be able to insert that. >> the ability to operate as a coherent structure. we see there is johann strong in afghanistan. >> where he was referring to was the circles, they probably don't have the ability to conduct the attack like at 9/11. although that there was an ambivalen
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May 10, 2012 12:00pm EDT
reserve currency that perhaps the united states should not have the dollar as the-- >> no, i mean, we understand that the dollar will stay as a major currency for the time being. but what they're trying to develop is definitely to work-- to use a ruble for the currency for bilateral trade between russia and the ucase, russia, bell russia, and maybe russia and some other countries. >> rose: russia has a dependence on natural resources, on oil and gas. how is it doing in trying to scheft away from that dependence at the core of its economic power and develop, for example, its own silicon value. that's the keys for the russian economy. when they ask about how russia is doing. russia is doing well because the oil prices are high. because other natural resources are high. but we still haven't reached a substantial progress... from commodity export -- >> rose: and why not? >> well, for a number of reasons. i think one we didn't create the proper environment for investments. we don't have enough investments in these areas. other thing for example russia couldn't join the w.t.o. for a long ti
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May 5, 2012 6:30pm EDT
go to the united states so he can pursue his studies. over the course of the day progress has been made to help him have the future that he wants and we will be staying in touch with him. gwen: who is chen guangcheng and how did he end up in the middle of after debate between two world superpowers. >> 2 was a whiplash week and all thought it was solved and he would stay in china by the middle of the week but by the end of the week he's going to come to the united states. let me backtrack a little bit more about chen. human rights activist, as you said, blind, so dramatic this week because he escaped, he'd been on house arrest for a couple of years, before that he was imprisoned. he was with his wife and young daughter in this house in a rural province in china. and in the middle of the night, he certainly used his blindness because he is used to darkness and his guards weren't, he played sick for a few weeks so they weren't really looking after him that well, climbed over a wall, through a field, through a river, felt his way around and then another dissident met him and then they
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May 6, 2012 9:00am EDT
200 television stations, public and public access here in the united states but i am talking with tim. how did you get into radio. what is it about radio that said come here? >> i worked as a co editor-in- chief of my high school paper in college. >> where was this? >> in maine. i said i would like a job in your news department. i was told we do not have the news department, however, we need some part-time disc jockey board operators. that is how i started doing announcements for the metropolitan opera and running the board. >> the board is this huge thing in front. it takes great skill. it is used for different programming, sounds, your predecessor and joe matthew and the house ofg comments is not always very polite. there are enormous pieces of debate. and sit down, you fat faced twit. and every now and again, he would push the button and you would hear that. i wanted to go away. i do not want to hear it again. >> one thing i will say is the difference between where i started in radio and where we are today where i work at sirius xm is like the difference between driving a model a a
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May 25, 2012 8:00pm EDT
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May 20, 2012 9:00am EDT
they disregard is that china is four times more people than the united states. that means four times more people to feed, to howls, to take care of. >> i think we have a graphic that shows that. there we are. >> income of per-capita -- income per capita is less than one-tenth of the united states and even by the year 2015 will not catch up anywhere near us. in a really severe totalitarian society like north korea, you could disregard people, star of them and put all of the resources into the military -- >> we have information on the screen derived from the world bank. but this is happening, though. you cannot buy a piece of clothing in the united states that was not made in china, practically. i am sure proud of his jacket, made in haiti. it's sort of looks as though they have taken us over, in a sense, and it creates anxiety and also the great sense that our jobs have gone to china. >> first of all, economists tell us this increase in trade benefits everybody. so, we are getting cheaper jackets than otherwise. but i actually agree that to the degree we are opening ourselves up to ch
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May 20, 2012 10:00am EDT
, the fda agreement between colombia and the united states has been signed and ratified. what does that mean for both countries? >> it means a lot of jobs, first of all. yes, jobs. in the case of a colombia, at least 250,000 jobs, new jobs, associated with the development of the free trade agreement. in the u.s., colombian trade and market, we create a lot of new jobs and opportunities for americans. >> you kind of made reference to this earlier in the conversation, that may be in the past there was a stereotype towards colombia which was the drugs and violence and human rights. but now it is education, technology, energy, culture. a vast change in 10 or 12 years. >> we have to recognize the leaders of that change. the president and his team -- part of the team, and as minister of defense -- i was the minister of defense. in those eight years of the two governments, his stamina, leadership, a commitment to evolve from a country that was almost at the brink of failure -- >> yes, yes, yes. >> to a vibrant and peaceful nation is one of the key factors to understand what has happened. >> th
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May 9, 2012 7:00pm EDT
think this is a huge positive step for them to say, okay, well the president of the united states thinks this is an important thing and he wanted to affirm it. then on top of that, if we ever have something go to the supreme court, i think it will be very important what the highest office holder in our land thinks about same-sex marriage as well as the polling, as well as how many states have legalized it. we like to pretend that the supreme court lives in a bubble but they do not. those justices live among us. >> woodruff: kerry eleveld, thank you very much. >> thank you. we get two views now on the president's announcement and its significance. evan wolfson is the president and founder of freedom to marry, a leading organization seeking to legalize same-sex marriage in states around the country. and the reverend harry jackson is senior pastor of hope christian church in beltsville, maryland, presiding bishop of the international communion of evangelical churches, and an outspoken opponent of gay marriage. reverend jackson, what does it mean to you what the president said? >> well, i be
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May 28, 2012 11:30pm EDT
johnson is the mighty majority leader of the united states senate. >> rose: this is where you got to him in this volume. >> absolutely. the great maes jorty leader in history. the second-most powerful man in the country. he thinks he has the 1960 presidential nomination locked up. >> rose: because he is the most powerful democrat in the country. >> right. he doesn't realize that there's this young senator, john f. kennedy, who's going around the country often with a single aide ted sorensen in a small plane and he's such a great speaker that wherever he goes people are asking him back and he's building up this base of support and he's finding out who has the actual power in these states and before johnson realizes what happened, kennedy has taken the nomination away from him. then we see in the same book his years as vice president which are terrible for him, humiliating, powerless. >> rose: '60 to '63? >> '60 to '63. and with the crack of a bullet in dallas the world is reversed. he that has power and he's president. and the last half of the book is the seven weeks after kennedy's assas
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May 4, 2012 8:00pm EDT
case of chen quangcheng. >> he confirms that he and his family now want to go to the united states so he can pursue his studies. over the course of the day, progress has been made to help him have the future that he wants, and we will be staying in touch with -- gwen: so who is chen quangcheng and how did he end up in the middle of a debate between two of the world's super powers? >> it was a whiplash week. we all thought this was solved, that he would stay in china in the middle of the week, but alas, by the end of the week he's going to come to the united states. let me backtrack a little bit, a lit bit more about chen. human rights activist, as you said, blind, so dramatic this week, because he escaped. he had been under house arrest for a couple of years. before that he was in prison. he was with his wife and young daughter in this house. in a rural province in china. and in the middle of the night he certainly used his blindness, because he is used to darkness and his guards weren't. he played sick for a few weeks, so they were not really looking after him that well. climbed over
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May 2, 2012 7:00pm EDT
thing to do. >> meanwhile, the chinese government demand an apology from the united states. the foreign minister said: in the meantime, security was tight outside the hospital where chen is being treated, and the hospital's name was quickly banned as a search term on chese rninette we take a closer look now at this still unfolding story with shao chung, director of the berkeley-china internet project at u.c. berkeley, and editor of the "china digital times," an online publication. and evan osnos, who's written on chen guangcheng and other dissidents as the china correspondent for the "new yorker" magazine. he joins us tonight from the campus of stanford university. os, i'll start with you. what do you make of this very confusing series of events today? is there any way to unravel what's known at this point? >> well, it's been an extraordinary 24 hours. the story is very dynamic. a few hours ago, frankly, all of us thought that the u.s. government, the chinese side, had reached perhaps the best available solution given the moment, which was to create an opportunity for chen guang
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May 8, 2012 12:30am EDT
states, there are only the united states. if we are all raised in this country, under this same flag, and we seem to care about certain things, like the issue of poverty, how is it we end up seeing the way forward on these issues so different? >> it would be nice to believe there are no red states and blues states but there obviously are. even in the same states, like new york, you have some liberal parts. but most of the state is more conservative. we are not really one nation. we have some things in common but we have created these moro communities. the metaphor, the matrix is a mutual hallucination. left and right have become these closed world's, gated communities, which are like the matrix. either you are raised with respect for authority and patriotism, love of the foundin fathers, or was he sensed that there is oppression and racism and the good fight is one that fights for the rights of the oppressed. i think we are not raised in one more community. tavis: you argue that republicans are voting their moral self interest when they go to the polls. why is that true of republican
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May 20, 2012 10:30am EDT
financial time for europe and for the united states, but we believe those leaders can still maintain those commitments and even increase them even in tough economic times and it's the right thing to do, it's the moral thing to do. on friday, prior to leaving for camp david, president obama announced a new international alliance to promote secure access to food and nutrition. the alliance will include public and private investments. the president called promoting food security, "a moral imperative." also this weekend, obama prepares to join international leaders at a nato meeting in chicago. on the agenda -- allied troop withdrawal from afghanistan. >>> this week, the rhetoric heated up over georgetown university's decision to invite health and human services secretary kathleen sebelius to speak at one of the university's commencement events. the catholic archdiocese of washington called the invitation "shocking," and said sebelius' actions as a public official present "the most direct challenge to religious liberty in recent history." sebelius, a catholic, has been severely criticize
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May 8, 2012 6:30pm EDT
products in this country, the united states, europe, australian/new zealand. we plan to have good growth and supplementing that with geographic footprint and depth of the marketplace and add new products. >> tom: are you finding evaluations interesting at these levels given what is going on overseas? >> our evaluations have been pretty reasonable the entire period we have been public. most of our acquisitions are transactions we have known for a while. competed with them, worked complementary with them. these deals may take a time. they're not as elastic to the specific macroeconomic conditions at a point in time. >> tom: got you. stanley, we appreciate it. thank you, we are speaking with the ceo of henry schein. >> tom: you may not recognize the name liberty interactive, but you probably have heard of qvc and its tv shopping channel. liberty interactive's first- quarter profits were up 21%. nearly 90% of its revenues come from qvc, the world's biggest tv shopping network. in tonight's "shop talk," erika miller takes us behind the scenes at qvc's pennsylvania headquarters. >> repo
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May 27, 2012 10:30am EDT
will haunt her for as long as she lives. >> if we win, the united states will still have the harshest punishment scheme for children in the world. we will still have very severe punishments in place to punish any offender who commits an aggravated crime. >> the court was sharply divided in 2005 when it found the death penalty unconstitutional for juvenile offenders. whether juveniles may also be spared life in prison with no parole when they commit murder isn't any easier. although some justices were sympathetic, others are known to feel that these decisions are best left to juries and state legislatures, not federal judges. the court's opinions, and there will surely be several, are due in the next month. for religion & ethics newsweekly, i'm tim o'brien at the supreme court. >> in other news, an estimated 40,000 ultra- orthodox jewish men gathered at the new york met's citi field last weekend for a rally on the dangers of the internet. organizers say they are worried about on-line pornography and the way in which the internet changes social behavior. although no women were
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May 21, 2012 6:00pm EDT
between isaf and pakistan, the united states and pakistan. >> progress may not be free of blood shed. the warm and not really end. only the fighting will be done by afghan forces. they want to assure them that when they stand up, they will not stand alone. >> we're making an enduring commitment to the long-term future of afghanistan. the message to the afghan people is we will not desert them. the message to the insurgency is equally clear. you cannot win on the battlefield. he should stop fighting and start talking. >> the summit is intended to mark a milestone. the journey is far from over. nato is planning in a supporting role in afghanistan even as it prepares to clear the war is over. bbc news in chicago. >> for more on the strategy emerging from the summit, i am joined by prof. of international politics and former adviser in the u.s. state department. they are not short of optimism. at the end of the day, leaving afghanistan does not mean the end of the war. will the afghan forces really be able to cope? >> i do not think so, largely because we're dealing with a force that does not
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May 8, 2012 7:00pm EDT
continue to work hard to inflict damage to the united states. fortunately, our intelligence community and the c.i.a. have their eyes on the ball in yemen and it's a great success what they were able to do in the last 24 hours. >> warner: michael leiter, let me ask you, when john brenner said today "this i.e.d. was a threat from the standpoint of the design," what is he talking about? >> well, this bomb and also the bomb that the bomb maker asiri is probably responsible for back in 2009, the first underwear bomb and then the printer cartridges bombs that were detected in 2010 represent a real challenge for screening. with no metal pieces at all, a standard magnetometer, metal detector, won't detect that. so what you have to have instead are much more advanced screening techniques at airports to find that. fliers see that all the time here in the united states now. they're less prevalent overseas. of course we need to make sure the same techniques that we know are working here are applied overseas as well. what i would also add, margaret, is none of these detection methods are
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